Coconut production declining for climate change, lack of care, says expert

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 23 Aug 2017, 21:50:27
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Coconut production declining for climate change, lack of care, says expert

Coconut production declining for climate change, lack of care, says expert
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GOPALGANJ, Aug 23: An agriculture expert said climate change, insect attack and lack of proper care are the main reasons for low production of coconut in the district in recent years.

Md Mizanur Rahman, upazila agriculture officer, Gopalganj Sadar, said coconut garden owners in the area are not getting good output for various reasons.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), about coconut is being cultivated on around 282 hectares of land in the district. There are about 0.4 million coconut trees in all the five upazilas from where around 975 tonnes of production is achieved annually.

Enamul Sikder, owner of a garden in Char Gobra village under Sadar upazila, said, "12 to 15 years ago, I had to collect the fruit two times a year. Collecting around 200 coconuts from each tree was normal that time. Now I can collect 50 fruits from the same trees in a year."

Coconut trees produce all year around. It is an important ingredient to make the foods tasty. Green coconut water is a popular refreshing drink.

Local traders said a piece of green coconut is being sold at Tk 35 to Tk 40 which was Tk 12 to Tk 15 a few years ago. Besides, a pair of coconut is being sold at Tk 75 to Tk 85 but earlier it was Tk 25 to Tk 30.

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